Kenneth B. Liffman is the Managing Principal at McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., L.P.A.. Mr. Liffman focuses the majority of his practice on transactions, banking matters, and real estate law and has extensive experience in the acquisition and sale of commercial and industrial real estate, as well as construction and commercial lease matters. Mr. Liffman is one of the area’s outstanding corporate attorneys, and a well-recognized authority of real estate law.

Mr. Liffman’s legal interests extend to virtually all arenas of financial law and he frequently serves clients engaged in large, complex lending transactions. He has substantial experience in the area of mergers and acquisitions, acting as counsel to purchasers, sellers and lenders in a multitude of industries, including cable systems, professional sports teams, manufacturers, distributors and professional practices.  In addition, Mr. Liffman represents several of Ohio’s largest financial institutions in commercial loans and structured finance transactions and agreements, together with several of the largest REIT’s and food distributors in the United States.

As Managing Principal, Mr. Liffman leads McCarthy Lebit by both policy and example.  His management of the Firm for over 20 years has given him a unique perspective regarding the business of law that, coupled with his technical and practical experience, provides his clients the best of all worlds.


  • Miami University
    • BS Finance
  • Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
    • JD, Magna Cum Laude


  • Ohio
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Tax Court


  • Ohio Super Lawyers 2002 - 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America© 2006 – 2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating of AV® Preeminent™
  • Inside Business Magazine, Northeast Ohio's Top Real Estate Attorneys, 2003 - 2011
  • Inside Business Magazine, Northeast Ohio Leading Lawyer
  • Cleveland Jewish News, 18 Difference Makers 2017


  • Maltz Museum of Jewish History Board of Trustees, Member
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Visiting Committee, Member
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Florida Bar Association, Member
  • Ken has maintained a strong presence in the community, including thirteen years as a Trustee for Fairmount Temple, seventeen years as a board member (three years as Vice-Chair) of United Jewish Cemeteries, seven years as a Cleveland Trustee for the Jewish National Fund, ten years as a Trustee for Cleveland Chapter of American ORT and ten years as a board member (three years as Chairman) for the United States Committee Sports for Israel. Mr. Liffman has been President of the Firm’s Charitable Foundation since it was formed in 1993, has served on the Visiting Committee of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and has assisted in the coordination and implementation of funds and programs for both the College of Law and (reading programs) for the City of Cleveland School System. Ken is the recipient of the 2012 ORT Jurisprudence award. He is a past recipient of the Sadie and Maurice Friedman Cleveland ORT Leadership Award and was the 2000 Chapter Supporter of the Year for American ORT. In 1996, he created the American ORT Jurisprudence Dinner (for the Cleveland Chapter) and served as its Chairman for ten years.

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